April 13th, 2010
Pride Mates

I admit I haven’t been reading much paranormal romance as of late. With the exception of Jeaniene Frost’s First Drop of Crimson, I haven’t been enjoying them much. I read a LOT of urban fantasy (adult and young adult). I can tell you now to mark your calendars for Ilona Andrew’s next Kate Daniels’ book. OMG does that story and book pay off big time for readers who’ve been following Curran. YUM! But I digress. When you get into reading urban fantasies it’s hard to go back to plots that revolve mainly around a romance. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when I downloaded the sample chapters of Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley from Amazon. After reading the two (or one and a half) chapters, I was truly sucked in. The story is fast-paced and has a different approach to the whole ‘shifters coming out’ scenario (and it isn’t pretty). I really can’t tell you what it is about the book. (No, it’s not the Irish shifters–though they are pretty sexy.) I can’t put my finger on what gives it that extra oomph, but it has done something most paranormal romances these days haven’t accomplished–it’s kept me engrossed. I’m on chapter fourteen and I cannot wait to see what happens next. I was a little disappointed to learn that there wouldn’t be another book in the series until next year, but that’s just the way it goes. You can bet I’ll be picking it up the second it releases.

I mentioned this on Charlene Teglia’s site, but right now I’m reading Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley, Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton, Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan, I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells, The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, and Blood Cross by Faith Hunter. I tend to read a lot of books at the same time, but I have put most of them aside while I finish reading Pride Mates and Burnt Offerings. I’ll go back to the rest once I finish them. Has any book surprised you recently? If so, what book and why?

This weekend I will be attending the Desert Dreams Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. They have a good line-up so it should be fun. I’m looking forward to mingling with other writers. It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten to do that.

14 comments to “Pride Mates”

  1. Changes (Dresden Files #12) surprised me; I did NOT see that coming. Can’t wait to see how Jim Butcher follows that one up.

    And now I have to go read Jennifer Ashley. *g*

  2. The last book that really excited me was Soulstice by Simon Holt, it’s the sequel to his awesome The Devouring. It’s YA but really creepy and scary.

    Haven’t read any UF or PNR that has made me over the top happy or excited.

    Read The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay, it was pretty good, I enjoyed it. It had some different mythology that I liked and a tough heroine with a kid…which you don’t see ever in an UF

  3. Charli, I am so far behind on the Jim Butcher series. I love the books, but like LKH’s series, I’m just now starting to read them.

    It’s a really good book. The discrimination she puts the shifters through is pretty awful, but probably very realistic.

  4. Vivi, I LOVED The Devouring. Very scary. Totally creeped me out. I have Soulstice on my shelf waiting to be read.

    Rosemary and Rue seems like it’s going to be a good read. Really good writing. You might try it if you haven’t picked it up yet. Also, Spiderbite (I believe that’s the title.) has a cool female assassin as the hero.

  5. I did pick up Rosemary and Rue, started it, didn’t grab me, something about it turned me off. I really wanted to like it…

    May have to try it again.

    Hmm, have to check out Spiderbite. I do love the cover.

  6. Lynn Viehl-Dreamveil. She’s the queen of weird and awesome. Whoa.


    And um… Magic Bleeds??? So awesome. It DOES fulfill everything, yes?

  7. Vivi, Spiderbite definitely starts off with a bang or should I say a cool assassination. *ggg*

  8. Shiloh, Lynn rocks it. She’s such a fabulous writer.

    As for Magic Bleeds, I LOOOOVEEEEEDDDDD IT!!!! It blew me away. I cannot wait to read it again…and again…and again.

  9. Man, I think I’ve read it about ten times over now-wearing out the buttons on my Sony Reader from that book alone, I bet.

    Have you been able to read Dreamveil? That one had twists coming that just blew me away-The mind. It boggles…

  10. Your review would make a great blurb for Ms. Ashley’s book.

  11. Bernard, Thanks! 🙂 I do love writing blurbs much more than writing synopses. 😉

  12. Shiloh, I can’t wait to dig back into it again. I just finished Pride Mates last night. Once I finish Burnt Offerings, I’ll read through Magic Bleeds again. So very good.

  13. You’re just killing me with the Magic Bleed teasing :P. I heart that series; read those books at least 100 times.

  14. Gennita, I’m going to be doing a contest and giving away a couple of copies. It’s a terrific read. *ggg* 😉